The Covid-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented pressure to healthcare systems worldwide, resulting in significant and precipitous changes in demand, burden and method of delivery. The psychosocial impact of this crisis is likely to increase over the course of the pandemic, peak later than medical cases and endure for longer thereby significantly exceeding medical morbidity. It will have far reaching impact on the individual, their family and their care providers. Frontline healthcare workers and those with pre-existing mental health difficulties are recognised at increased risk. Now that the initial surge has been expertly curtailed, it is essential that urgent consideration is now directed towards the mental health implications of the current outbreak and ensure that we are as ready for the increased MH needs of the community as we were for the intensive medical care.
Ir Med J (Irish medical journal)
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